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President’s signature makes it official: Colorado’s Amache site now part of National Park Service

The decades-long effort to ensure lasting recognition of Colorado’s Granada War Relocation Center — also known as Camp Amache — finally reached the finish line Friday as President Joe Biden signed legislation making it a national historic site. In a White House ceremony, the president’s signature gave final approval to the bill that will place […]

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Amache is on the verge of earning national park status — and its place in history — after U.S. Senate approves bill

Nearly 80 years after a presidential order created incarceration camps on American soil to hold people of Japanese descent, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation Monday night designating the site of Colorado’s Granada War Relocation Center – also known as Camp Amache – a national historic site. The vote marks the last key step toward […]

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What happens when the lure of outdoor rec starts to pull people onto tribal lands?

INDIAN WELLS, ARIZONA — When the FBI suspected someone was illegally digging artifacts from the Navajo Nation, an agent called Jonathan Dover for help.  Dover was working as a Navajo Ranger who specialized in archaeological crimes. He drove with the FBI agent out into a search area that spanned hundreds of square miles. They were […]

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Coal is fading in northwest Colorado. The region is betting its economic future on another natural resource.

DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT — The 10 rafts are secured to the banks of the Green River. The tents are up. The sun is setting over the sandstone canyon walls. As 30 rafters dig into steaming bowls of chili, it’s time to start planning for the future. How can northwest Colorado entice and manage visitors, protect […]

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Opinion: Rocky Mountain has it. Here’s why more national parks need a reservation system to get in.

If you’re headed out into the wild this summer, you may need to jump online and book a reservation before you go.  For the second consecutive year, reservations are required to visit Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park, as well as California’s Yosemite and Montana’s Glacier national parks.  Other popular sites, including Maine’s Acadia National Park, […]

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In the wake of anti-Asian violence, Colorado congressmen push Amache’s designation as National Historic Site

The recently stalled push to bring the Amache incarceration camp into the National Park system got an energy boost Wednesday through a bipartisan bill to designate the square-mile on Colorado’s southeastern plains, where more than 7,000 Japanese Americans were held during World War II, a National Historic Site. The bill, sponsored by U.S. Reps. Joe […]

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Push to get Colorado’s Amache internment camp a national park designation interrupted by coronavirus

At first, the trip unfolded as just an academic tracing of family history.  John Tonai had for years heard the stories from his father, Minoru, about the Amache internment camp in southeastern Colorado, where the U.S. government transported thousands of Japanese Americans from California and held them behind barbed wire and guard posts for three […]

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Joe Biden’s pause on oil and gas development on public lands splits conservationists, industry

Conservationists are cheering the Biden administration’s 60-day pause on new energy development on public lands as a chance to overhaul an antiquated leasing program that has not been modified in decades. Oil and gas producers are not happy and they are warning of severe economic shocks from the decision announced Thursday. “Bowing to the environmental […]

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States, land managers still waiting for details on conservation funding under Great American Outdoors Act

Funding details promised by the Great American Outdoors Act were due Nov. 2, but state and federal land managers are still waiting for specifics of what is supposed to be a record amount of money for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and deferred maintenance projects.  The Great American Outdoors Act — brokered in part […]